VARI­A­TIONS IN COLOUR

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

If a paler bloom than the red of ‘Yule­tide’ is wanted for the Christ­mas ta­ble, then there are va­ri­eties of Camel­lia sasan­qua for ev­ery pref­er­ence. The par­adise se­ries, de­vel­oped in Aus­tralia, comes in a range of sub­tle shades. The gor­geous ‘par­adise Blush’ has cupped blooms in pure white with a beau­ti­ful rosy-red tint­ing on the outer petals. It makes a tall shrub, ca­pa­ble of grow­ing to more than 10ft (3m) in height. Shorter, but ar­guably even more strik­ing be­cause of its brash, hot-pink flow­ers, is ‘par­adise Belinda’, which grows to ap­prox­i­mately 5ft (1.5m) tall and pro­duces flat, semi-dou­ble flow­ers. One of the most widely avail­able va­ri­eties, and one of the hardi­est, is ‘Hugh Evans’ with thin-petalled sin­gle flow­ers, not dis­sim­i­lar to ap­ple blos­som. These are pro­duced on an up­right plant, which will reach 6ft 8in (2m) in height. There is even a var­ie­gated form, Camel­lia sasan­qua ‘Var­ie­gata’, pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for eye-catch­ing green­ery to dec­o­rate the house for the fes­tive sea­son as an al­ter­na­tive to the tra­di­tional holly and ivy. Its flow­ers are also two-toned, with white petals tipped with light pink. For a sim­i­lar flower with fully green fo­liage once ma­ture, ‘Rain­bow’ has light-pink-tipped petals sur­round­ing a con­spic­u­ous clus­ter of golden sta­mens, and is widely avail­able.

‘Par­adise Blush’

‘Hugh Evans’

‘Var­ie­gata’

‘Rain­bow’

‘Par­adise Belinda’

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